Image at left: Samael in his Grim Reaper persona, by Gustave Doré. Public Domain image via Wikimedia Commons.
by Amethyst Black
I pierced my own septum. It's not something I'd recommend for anyone to try, for sure. It was a bit crooked, because one side of the septum piercing pliers had slipped off of my nose when the needle was only half way through. Way to learn--if I had to to it over again I'd get locking pliers. When continuing, I thought the pliers were back on straight; I'd tried my best, but no, evidently they were not.
So, when the second half of the needle went through it was about a millimeter off. One millimeter doesn't sound like much, does it? However, on a feature as small as a nose, it is. As well, in the case of a septum piercing, it is a small and centralized focal point from which body jewelry radiates out. If you put a ring in, then as it radiates out, that millimeter becomes significantly larger of a discrepancy towards the outer edges.
I took the hoop out and re-pierced it, but there was a pull for the needle to follow the original pathway; so it was better, but still a tad off. However, with jewelry in it still looked annoyingly crooked, despite it being less than a millimeter off in actuality. I didn't want to pierce it again, but it appeared necessary. I thought on which approach to take. It seemed that forced migration might be the best approach. If it could be migrated within a couple of days I'd leave it alone.
For those who do not know what body piercing migration is, it's when a piercing moves from where it was originally placed. It happens when pressure is placed on a piercing. For example, if you have an ear piercing with a piece of jewelry that is large enough to apply significant pressure to your piercing as you sleep on it, the pierced hole will move in the direction of said pressure.
With the aforesaid in mind, as I lay down to sleep after piercing and thoroughly cleaning my septum, I twisted the clicker hoop in the two directions it needed to migrate towards. After a number of minutes, a dancing show of light appeared. Then a specter emerged from it, and I recognized Samael. He showed as a lion-headed serpent. I said, "timing suggests that you are here to help me with my septum piercing problem. Are you?" He responded affirmatively. My permission was granted for him to fix it. My gratefulness was expressed sincerely as well.
He said that the placement of the hole was off in two primary directions, one was important to fix, the other less so. The smaller one related to the small amount of lack of symmetry in my nose. Hence, with the one problematic direction fixed, the other would relate better to my face and would no longer be an issue. I asked him to "please make it straight enough for people to perceive it as straight, regardless of whether it is actually 100% straight." "That's all I ask," I said. He was there for a while, and was multi-located. By that I mean, that there were a number of him. I was falling asleep; it was dark, and he was shadowy and dark, but it seemed that there were five of him (to work on my little nose!).
Once he was done I felt super-good. I don't know why, but it was so. I also felt beautiful, which was strange, as I hadn't looked to see what Samael had done. He could have made it worse, and there I was, feeling all beautiful and everything. Strange, but true. Even though I had confidence he fixed it, I felt compelled to continue to keep pressure on it until I fell asleep. Keep in mind as this story is told, that migration usually happens over an extended period of time. Ergo, that me in my wishful thinking hoped for it to yield successful results within the span of two days, was quite unrealistic. In essence, it was nothing more than me attempting to make use of the couple of days rest time needed between piercings.
I woke up this morning. As I went to the bathroom to conduct my morning beauty routine, I dallied minutes before daring to look in the mirror. When I did I was startled, as Samael, the head demon in charge according to many, had straightened my piercing, just as he said he would. Think about it--isn't it amazing? Even working consistently throughout time with demons, there are things, such as this, that still blow my mind... blow my mind because I get the pleasure of experiencing them, but others would scoff and reject my recount of any such experience entirely.
There's something I have not told you. There was an offering that need be given; and we'll talk about that some other time :::winks::: ... but then again, maybe we won't!
Note: Some love body piercings, others do not like them. I feel a pull towards them. Our ancestors' spiritual ties to us, bear relevance on who we are. Some of my ancestors were from India, and nasal piercings of both kinds are big there. I felt a deep desire to have one of each kind--a septum piercing and a regular nose piercing. I am also part gypsy, so the showy, glitzy, and even a tad campy look attributed throughout history to gypsies, is a look I am pulled towards as well. I don't fight these things, as they are simply an accepted part of who I am. What more can I say? :::shrugs:::
Below is an image of yours truly, but not after the piercing described. It's me with a fake septum piece in. On the day this was written my nose was pink and a tad sore, and I did not want that immortalized in a photo. Whatever though; this works.